On This Day… October 8

I think this is the first chance that I’ve had to showcase an Australian as part of this series, and it just so happens that he was born, on this day, in Perth, my home town. A Noted composer of classical music in Australia, Carl Vine’s work has also been performed all over the world.

Though born in Perth, he moved to Sydney in 1975 where he began work as a freelance composer. He started an association with the Sydney Dance Company that year, as a rehearsal pianist, then two years later the new artistic director commissioned him to write a piece for the company. Tip premiered in 1977, and was quickly followed by Poppy in 1978, which was the first all-Australian full-length ballet.

Carl Vine has held positions as lecturer at Queensland Conservatorium (Lecturer in Electronic Music Composition), has been music director of the Australia/New Zealand Choreographic School, and Composer-in-residence of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2000, he was appointed Artistic Director of Musica Viva. In 2005 he was awarded the Don Banks Music Award by the Australia Council for the Arts, which is the highest award that the council can give, and recognises artists who have made on outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian Music.

I leave you with a performance of Carl Vine’s first Piano Sonata, performed by Spencer Meyer.

Have you heard Vine’s music before? What do you think of it? Have you heard any other Australian composers? Let me know in the comments, or write your own blog entry linking back to this post and I’ll link back from here.

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